South University-West Palm Beach

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$16,920
0% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$17,362
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
11.9%
Default Rate
2019 Enrolled Students
623
63.7% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
26.3%
5 Graduates

About

South University-West Palm Beach is a higher education institution located in Palm Beach County, FL. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at South University-West Palm Beach were Registered Nursing (118 degrees awarded), Health Care Administration & Management (10 degrees), and General Psychology (9 degrees).

In 2019, 287 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at South University-West Palm Beach. 81.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 18.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was black or african american (129 degrees), 1.65 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (78 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at South University-West Palm Beach is $16,920, which is $2,420 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at South University-West Palm Beach is $16,920, which is $2,420 more than the national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,362.

In 2019, 85% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 71% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$16,920
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at South University-West Palm Beach was $16,920. The cost of tuition at South University-West Palm Beach is $2,420 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Special Focus Institutions ($14,500).

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Average Net Price

$17,362
2019 Value
17.9%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 South University-West Palm Beach had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,362. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of South University-West Palm Beach grew by 17.9%.

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Other Student Expenses

$6,652
Room and Board
$1,500
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at South University-West Palm Beach was of $6,652 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,500. The cost of room and board increased by 5.12% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

85%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
71%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

85% of undergraduate students at South University-West Palm Beach received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a decline of 4.49% with respect to 2018, when 89% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
11.9%
2017 Default Rate
1482
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at South University-West Palm Beach was 11.9%, which represents 1482 out of the 12471 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

South University-West Palm Beach has a total enrollment of 623 students. The full-time enrollment at South University-West Palm Beach is 397 students and the part-time enrollment is 226. This means that 63.7% of students enrolled at South University-West Palm Beach are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at South University-West Palm Beach, both undergraduate and graduate, is 52% Black or African American, 24.2% Hispanic or Latino, 17.7% White, 3.37% Asian, 0.642% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, 0.482% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.161% Two or More Races.

Students enrolled at South University-West Palm Beach in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Black or African American Female (44.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (19.2%) and White Female (16%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (25%), followed by Black or African American Female (18.8%) and White Male (18.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

63.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at South University-West Palm Beach, both undergraduate and graduate, is 623 students. The full-time enrollment at South University-West Palm Beach is 397 and the part-time enrollment is 226. This means that 63.7% of students enrolled at South University-West Palm Beach are enrolled full-time compared with 70.4% at similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Retention Rate over Time

67%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at South University-West Palm Beach was 67%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Special Focus Institutions (72%), South University-West Palm Beach had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    324
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    151
  3. White
    110

The enrolled student population at South University-West Palm Beach is 52% Black or African American, 24.2% Hispanic or Latino, 17.7% White, 3.37% Asian, 0.642% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, 0.482% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.161% Two or More Races. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Special Focus Institutions is 44.8% White, 15.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 14.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 7 students (1.12%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 183 more women than men received degrees from South University-West Palm Beach. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at South University-West Palm Beach is black or african american (129 degrees awarded). There were 1.65 times more black or african american graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (78 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at South University-West Palm Beach is Registered Nursing (118 degrees awarded), followed by Health Care Administration & Management (10 degrees) and General Psychology (9 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at South University-West Palm Beach, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Health (251 degrees awarded), Legal (7 degrees), and Theology (2 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are Registered nurses (1,425,358 people), Other managers (188,775 people), Medical & health services managers (185,911 people), Social workers, all other (164,425 people), and Elementary & middle school teachers (159,364 people).

The most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are Health (251 degrees awarded), Legal (7 degrees), Theology (2 degrees), Psychology (9 degrees), and Protective Services (3 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are Surgeons, Computer hardware engineers, Physicians, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Sales managers

The most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are Health (251 degrees awarded), Legal (7 degrees), Theology (2 degrees), Psychology (9 degrees), and Protective Services (3 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (1,623,350 people), Elementary & secondary schools (571,727 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (420,506 people), Outpatient care centers (369,409 people), and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (318,004 people).

The most specialized majors at South University-West Palm Beach are Health (251 degrees awarded), Legal (7 degrees), Theology (2 degrees), Psychology (9 degrees), and Protective Services (3 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by South University-West Palm Beach.
Most Common
  1. 118 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 10 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 9 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at South University-West Palm Beach was Registered Nursing with 118 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

52
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
235
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 52 degrees were awarded to men at South University-West Palm Beach, which is 0.221 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (235).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 15 degrees were awarded to men at South University-West Palm Beach in Physical Therapy Technician, which is 1.15 times more than the 13 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 104 degrees were awarded to women at South University-West Palm Beach in Registered Nursing, which is 7.43 times more than the 14 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

24%
100% Completion Time
29%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 24% of students graduating from South University-West Palm Beach completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 29% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 29% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at South University-West Palm Beach is Male and Hispanic or Latino (100% graduation rate). Across all Special Focus Institutions, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Black or African American
    129 degrees awarded
  2. White
    78 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    55 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at South University-West Palm Beach is black or african american (129 degrees awarded). There were 1.65 times more black or african american recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (78 degrees).

3.14% of degree recipients (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. Black or African American Female
    114 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    64 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    40 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at South University-West Palm Beach is black or african american female (114 degrees awarded). There were 1.78 times more black or african american female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (64 degrees).

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Operations

South University-West Palm Beach has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $0 (NaNN%), compared to the 2.77% average return ($279k on $10.1M) across all Special Focus Institutions.

In 2019, South University-West Palm Beach had a total salary expenditure of $15.7M. South University-West Palm Beach employs 14 Instructors, 4 Assistant professors, and 1 Associate professors. Most academics at South University-West Palm Beach are Female Instructors (9), Male Instructors(5), and Female Assistant professors (4).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at South University-West Palm Beach are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 17 employees, Management, with 11 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 3 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A
2019 Endowment
0%
growth from 2018

South University-West Palm Beach has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of South University-West Palm Beach stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $NaNM approximately the same as than the median endowment of Special Focus Institutions according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $3.73M - Federal
  2. $986k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, South University-West Palm Beach received $3.73M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $986k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$5.6M
2019 Salaries
31.9%
growth from 2018

In 2019, South University-West Palm Beach paid a median of $5.6M in salaries, which represents 35.7% of their overall expenditure ($15.7M) and a 31.9% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 38.7% decline from 2017 and a 7.51% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Special Focus Institutions is 2.89M (42.3% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$1.5M
Instructional Salaries
19
Number of Employees

In 2019, South University-West Palm Beach paid a total of $1.5M to 19 employees working as instructors, which represents 26.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $857k (29.6%) for similar Special Focus Institutions.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Instructor
Most Common Instructor
14 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
17 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at South University-West Palm Beach were Instructor with 14 employees; Assistant professor with 4 employees; and Assistant professor with 1 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at South University-West Palm Beach were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 17 employees; Management with 11 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 3 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Instructor
  2. Male Instructor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at South University-West Palm Beach was Female Instructor with 9 employees, Male Instructor with 5 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 4 employees.

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